Originally Posted by 2LeTTeRS
I can see a few. Chief among them no loyalty to players. Who wants to see Emmit Smith finish his career with the Cardinals, or Jerry Rice floating around from Oakland to Seattle to Denver because their team feels they can't afford them and even though the player won them championships in the past they dont want to pay up. Also we would probably have to do away with max deals if there is no guaranteed contract meaning players would be overpaid. The NBA's system isn't perfect but their CBA is better than any other league's.
You have a point, but is it really loyalty when its forced loyalty? Players like that are still going to be moved if the GM's want them moved. If you can move Larry Hughes at 15 mil a year for 40% shooting and like 7ppg, then you can move anybody.
More to the point, there ought to be some way to get rid of guys like Hughes, B. Wallace, Bobby Simmons, etc. who are making ridiculous amounts of money they aren't living up to. But you can't because of guaranteed contracts, and you pretty much have to jump through hoops to get rid of them, or wait for them to expire. 45-60 mil is a pretty hefty price to pay for a mistake, and it makes for a lot less entertaining basketball if your home team is stuck with a guy like that.
Maybe the Cavs still would have lost in the Finals last year, but they would have been a hell of a lot more entertaining if Hughes played like a 15mil guy.
Whether you're a Cavs fan or not, you should still have been rooting for an entertaining end to the season.